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Date Printed: 8/22/2014
Poet's Leap Riesling 2007
Poet's Leap Riesling 2007
(search item no. 95533)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $19.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The 2007 Poet's Leap Riesling made by Armin Diel of the renowned Schlossgut Diel in the Nahe River Valley of Germany. Medium straw-colored with a greenish tint, it offers aromas of fresh apples, honey, and spring flowers. This splendidly balanced wine has lively acidity, crisp spicy flavors, and excellent length. This Kabinett-styled Riesling should evolve for several years and drink well through 2015." 91 Points
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

"Emphasizes refinement over effusiveness, presenting its pear and green apple with hints of warm slate and spicy floral notes edging in gently. Finishes just off-dry. Drink now through 2012." 90 Points
Wine Spectator
February 28, 2009

"With each vintage Armin Diel, in his partnership with Long Shadow's Allen Shoup, is homing in on Riesling expression from the Columbia Valley. The 2007, from estimable vineyard sources that include Wallula, Weinbau and Dionysus, is ripe and tropcial, leading with peach accents and a wheaty scent of lees. The flavors are exuberant and fresh, the textures voluptuous, held to a lean contour by a firm, talc-like minerality that calls to mind Diel's home turf." 92 Points
Wine & Spirits

My Notes:

About Poet's Leap:

Armin Diel, one of Germany’s most highly acclaimed Riesling producers, brings his winemaking talents from the famed Nahe region to Washington State’s Columbia Valley. Poet’s Leap is one of seven distinct wines from the Long Shadows Vintners Collection.

Poet’s Leap Riesling is fermented off-dry, offering flavors of freshly peeled grapefruit, appealing minerality and hints of ripe pear. Bright acidity gives the wine its vibrancy, and a clean underlying touch of sweetness contributes to its engaging finish. Each vintage of Poet’s Leap uses small lots of hand-harvested grapes that are carefully sorted, whole cluster pressed and then fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks to capture the grapes’ bright fruit character.

Armin Diel selects his Riesling from a dramatic block of German clones in Long Shadows’ Sonnet Vineyard, part of The Benches at Wallula. Diel also works with a 1972 planting at Dionysus Vineyard and fruit from the Yakima Valley to enhance the final blend.